During the New Deal Era lagoons were dug laboriously by hand as we see in this 1939 photograph. Other work with a human
touch included landscaping, paving, building fountains, restoring old structures, Robert Tallant's writing of New Orleans
City Park, the First Fifty Years , and the creation of glorious art deco designs. The hands of musicians were not neglected
– they were employed by the WPA for concerts in the park. (NOPL)
The images in this book appear courtesy of the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL), Louisiana Digital Library (LDL), the Library
of Congress (LOC), The Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC), Pictometry International (PI), and D.C. "Infrogmation"
May (DCM). Unless otherwise noted, images are from the author's collection.